A few years ago I was tinkering with a design concept related to the Porsche 911. This activity was prompted by a contest I stumbled upon. I’m not a designer at all, but I was motivated to at least give it a shot. This was what I came up with and submitted, a sandal like a flip-flop with a targa type style.
Nothing ever happened with it. Many of the contestants seemed like pro designers and had some beautiful and impressive presentations. But it was fun to try!
I clearly remember one night back in my sophomore year in college when a dorm room neighbor yelled out for me to come and look at a TV show for a minute. He knew (as did many others) about my love of cars. I popped my head in and there on the TV was this beautiful red Ferrari 308 spyder with some big brawny character driving it, peeling out from the edge of the road with a tail slide and grass and dirt spraying from the tires. I was like, “what show is that?”
Well, from that day on I tried catching most of the Magnum PI shows and enjoyed every minute of every scene that the Ferrari was in. Funny thing is that another dorm friend of mine a few years later invited me to pop over to his house. Turned out he was finishing up a detail job on a Ferrari 308. I arrived just as he was drying the car. We hopped in and drove it back to the owners place. I was a happy passenger. It was a nice afternoon, we had the top off and my college friend obviously had driven this car before. He was proving it at every stop sign and corner that we took. That car sounded incredible! I realize that by modern standards the 308 was not particularly fast, but the style was really gorgeous and it made you feel special just being in it.
When I came across this great photo of Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen, it brought back an awesome memory. Back in 1993 my wife and I went to a concert held outdoors at the navy sub base in New London. “Van Hagar” was the feature and man what a treat that show was. We were fans of the DLR Van Halen too, but Sammy and the boys really wowed us that night. Mostly they played from their albums 5150, OU812 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, but they also played the big DLR hits.
It was a hot summer night and the venue was kind of a small field or park right on the base. About thirty minutes into the show thunderstorms moved in from the ocean. Lightning and thunder was right overhead so the band had to stop playing. Then the audience dove for cover under trees as the skies opened up. It poured and the lightning was crazy. Sammy Hagar would come out onto the stage every ten minutes or so and holler to everyone to stay and wait it out. So we did, and after about an hour, the weather cleared. Van Halen came back out and continued their show with a vengeance! They were so pumped after that storm and played for a long, long time. The audience was totally into it too, and the band-to-audience “aura” was fantastic. This was probably the best concert I ever attended. Smaller venue, big name band, summer night, crazy storm, my fiancé and I, the great audience and an unbelievably awesome rocking show.